Vicar’s Blog

03
Jul 2020

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church :  Feast of Dukarana – Holy Day of Obligation Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: We celebrate “dukhrana”, the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, our Father in faith on Friday, July 3, 2020, a Holy day of obligation for Syro-Malabar Catholics. St. Thomas without any doubt, through his solemn proclamation of, “My Lord and My God”, acclaimed Jesus as God. St. Thomas through his missionary journey to India and eventual martyrdom showed his affection and love for us.  Let us celebrate his feast day prayerfully. Holy Qurbana......

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30
Jun 2020

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church : Reopening church for Holy Qurbana Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Greetings! The Parish Council met Tuesday, June 16, 2020 virtually to discuss opening our church for Holy Qurbana. We are cautiously going to open church for Holy Qurbana starting Wednesday, July 1, 2020 based on the CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/faith-based.html). Please continue to check for updates and communications from the parish. Please do your best to be flexible, in that we will have some changes to the normal practice of how we have Holy Qurbana. I want......

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20
Jun 2020

Obituary: Mrs. Thresiamma George Padiyanickal (Mother of Shaji George Padiyanickal) OBITUARY Dear Brothers and Sisters,        Mrs.Thresiamma George Padiyanickal, Mother of Shaji George Padiyanickal passed away in Cherupuzha, Kannur on 06/20/2020. The funeral will be held on Sunday, June 21 at 10 a.m at St Joseph Church Pulingome, Kannur. Heartfelt condolence to bereaving family. Let us remember Shaji Padiyanickal and his family in our prayers that they may be strengthened by the Lord to find peace at this time of loss and grief. We shall pray for the departed soul. “Eternal rest grant unto her,......

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19
Jun 2020

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church :  Sacred Heart Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: On Friday, June 19, 2020 7:00 p.m. Holy Qurbana we will be celebrating the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. After the Holy Qurbana, together, we will be consecrating our families to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Feast reminds us the boundless and passionate love of God for mankind. On the Feast of the Sacred Heart, we can gain a plenary indulgence by making an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart. Let us pray......

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03
Jun 2020

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church : Deacon Timmy Ordination Ceremony invitation Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:   Heaven is rejoicing again! By the Grace of God, Deacon Thomas Pulickal (Timmy), a parishioner from Divine Mercy Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, McAllen, Texas will be ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood by His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath at Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CST.  He will be the fourth native priest for the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago. I request all of you to remember......

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30
May 2020

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church: Day of Pentecost Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,  I hope the spiritual preparations for Pentecost Sunday are going well. Tomorrow, we will celebrate the great Solemnity of the Holy Pentecost with Holy Qurbana at 10am. After Holy Qurbana, we will also conclude our Vanakamasam prayer, on the last day, as we concrete ourselves to the Blessed Mother, who has been preparing us for the last 30 days, for this glorious feast so that we may be ever more docile to the Holy Spirit.  Thank you to all......

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27
May 2020

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church : Thanksgiving Holy Qurbana and Adoration for Father Melvin Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Greetings! Few reminders: This Sunday, May 31, 2020 is the feast of Pentecost and the last day of the 33-day Marian Consecration and we will have special prayers to consecrate ourselves to Mary. Thanksgiving Holy Qurbana and Adoration for Father Melvin Although every vocation is a clear call from God to love and serve in a uniquely personal way, the priesthood lies beyond an individual call. With Jesus, in whose one priesthood the......

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21
May 2020

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Church :  Ascension Day Dear <<First Name>>, We will be celebrating the Ascension of our Lord Today, May 21th. This is a day of obligation With love and prayers, Fr. Wilson Antony O Christ, You ascended in glory on Mount of Olives in the presence of your disciples. O you who penetrate all things with your divinity, you were enthroned at the right hand of your father and sent down upon your disciples the Holy sprit who enlightens, strengthens, and saves our soules. Amen. (Prayer from vespers of ascension) This email was......

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